ALBUM REVIEW: Yeasayer “Fragrant World”

Two years has flown by since New York psychedlic pop troupe Yeasayer unleashed their blinding and brilliant sophomore album “Odd Blood”, and as “Fragrant World” demonstrates they have spent their time wisely. “Fragrant World” may not be as immediate or upbeat as its predecessor, but it is all the better for it. “Fragrant World” is an epic, post trance fusion of rock, pop and electro. A little bit INXS, a little bit MGMT, a little bit Scissor Sisters – heck it even manages to be a little Savage Garden! None of these elements to its detriment, as overall it all just sounds like a refreshing take on Yeasayer formula.

As “Longevity” proves, Yeasayer are superbly spaced out. With a touch of The Frontier Brothers to the track, it feels edgy in a dated way. A grinding beat oozes sexuality and it all feels downright sordid and dirty, leaving you wanting more and more of the same. However, the eclectic troupe never deliver the same formula twice, and “Longevity” grows into the eerily innocent “Blue Paper”, which provides the album’s poppiest slice.

With the funk of “Devil And The Deed” providing the album’s bodyshaking highlight, the album peaks mid-way through the blippy “No Bones”, grooving “Reagan’s Skeleton” and rousing “Demon Road”, but barely relents till it closes with the stirring “Glass Of The Microscope”.

Best listened to as a whole, the album boasts a need to never skip ahead. “Fragrant World” is Yeasayer’s finest work to date and one that warrants your undivided.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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